Just a quick note since there really aren’t many details, but the LA Times reports the Discovery Channel apparently crashed a Boeing 727 in Mexico’s Sonoran desert on purpose while filming a documentary. The goal was to “re-create a serious, but survivable, passenger jet crash landing with a real aircraft,” according to a statement by Discovery Channel, but from the picture it doesn’t look like anyone would have survived that landing (the pilot ejected). Maybe they have some plans to use this as a worst-case scenario and then re-create the rest with special effects or something. I guess we’ll all have to look forward to watching the crash on “Curiosity” when the episode is broadcast later this year.
There’s a little more detail in this post from Flightglobal, including shaky video footage of the crash. I guess maybe someone could survive that–as long as they weren’t sitting in first class. Ouch!